Preventive dentistry is the modern way of reducing the amount of dental treatment necessary to maintain a healthy mouth.

It helps you to keep your teeth. The two major causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The better we prevent or deal with these two problems, the more chance people have of keeping their teeth for life.

The joint efforts of the dentist and the patient can help to prevent the need for treatment, and so avoid the traditional pattern of fillings and extractions.

A course of treatment may be recommended to get your mouth into good condition, and a maintenance plan will be worked out to help you keep it that way.


Many injuries to the teeth, face and lower jaw can be avoided during sports by wearing an appropriately fabricated mouthguard. We provide custom made mouthguards, which fit comfortably and offer maximum protection against these sorts of injuries. They are available in a variety of colours for identification/fun purposes.

Fissure Sealants

Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Children and adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.

Q & A

Is prevention possible?

Yes. With modern dentistry and constant new developments, it is possible to prevent or considerably reduce dental disease.

What is involved?

Your dentist will first assess your teeth and gums, and discuss with you any treatment that is necessary. The main aim is to help you get your mouth really healthy, to try and prevent any dental problems returning. In a healthy mouth it is unlikely that decay or gum disease will continue to be a problem.

  • The hygienist will thoroughly ‘scale and polish’ your teeth.
  • The hygienist will show you the best methods of brushing and flossing to remove the bacterial ‘plaque’ which forms constantly on your teeth and gums. Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that forms constantly on the teeth and gums. When you eat or drink something sugary, the plaque turns the sugar into acid, which will cause tooth decay. Plaque will also cause gum inflammation if it is not regularly and thoroughly removed. The hard tartar (calculus) which builds up on the teeth also starts off as plaque.
  • You will be advised which oral care products are the best ones for you to use.
  • Your dentist will also make sure that all your fillings are in good repair and there are no rough edges to make cleaning difficult.

How do I keep my mouth healthy?

To have a healthy mouth you need to:

  • brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • cut down on how often you have sugary snacks and drinks
  • visit your dentist at least once a year